Customers of the Co-op may or may not know that we have a set of buying guidelines that we use when making decisions about what to stock in the various departments. What this essentially boils … Continue reading The Meat of the Matter_ How does your Co-op make decisions about what meat products to carry?
More and more, food security is taking centre stage. Our understanding of its importance in supporting local farms and building a food secure region is growing. Of course, we are always excited and grateful to … Continue reading True Local Heroes: Nelson Food Cupboard
The Nelson Food Cupboard has a long-standing commitment to providing their clients with healthy, fresh foods. When they purchase food, they are making a significant commitment to buying from local farmers. NFC is open 2 … Continue reading True Local Hero: An interview with the Nelson Food Cupboard
This summer, you’ll once again see the Kootenay Mountain Grown (KMG) label on some of our produce. This special designation belongs to the certifying arm of a unique and exciting local agricultural organisation called the … Continue reading Q & A with the Kootenay Local Agricultural Society
How regulation affects the local meat supply. A number of changes by CFIA regarding meat processing in 2004 put many small producers and processors out of business. In 2010, these restrictions were somewhat relaxed, allowing … Continue reading The Meat of the Matter
Finding truly local food just got easier! In May 2013, the Canadian Food Inspection Agencies announced a new interim definition of the word “Local.” http://inspection.gc.ca/food/labelling/other-requirements/claims-and-statements/local-food-claims/eng/1368135927256/1368136146333 The CFIA’s new ‘interim definition’ of local includes anything sourced … Continue reading True Local Food
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines three facets of food security: Food availability: having available sufficient quantities of food on a consistent basis. Food access: having sufficient resources, both economic and physical, to obtain appropriate … Continue reading What is Food Security anyway?
Imagine that you might, someday, want to farm for a living. Or imagine your kids might want to farm, or your grandkids. All over the world such dreams become harder and harder to achieve as … Continue reading An Open Letter about the ALR from Corky Evans